The Last Days of Socrates Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was prosecuting Socrates?

2. How did Euthyphro react to Socrates' objections?

3. Which of the four dialogues did not occur at the same time as the others?

4. According to the conversation between Euthyphro and Socrates, what was the relationship between deities and mortals?

5. To what Athenian god did Euthyphro refer as an example to back up his decision?

Short Essay Questions

1. How were the four dialogues that were included in "The Last Days of Socrates" originally arranged?

2. What is included in the introductory material which prefaces the book?

3. Who are some of the authors, mentioned in Book 3, Chapter 1, who wrote about Socrates?

4. Why was the Apollonian Oracle at Delphi created?

5. Who wrote the introduction to the Euthyphro?

6. Who are Apollo and Artemis?

7. What does Tarrant say in the introductory notes about other versions of these dialogues?

8. What does Tarrant say about Socrates' participation in the battle at Thrace?

9. How educated was Socrates, and why?

10. How do Socrates and Euthyphro describe the relationship between deities and mortals?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

One of the reasons for Socrates' conviction was his "daemon". What was it? How did it affect Socrates? Why was it such an important part of his trial and conviction? What would happen if such evidence was presented at a modern-day trial? Do you think Socrates believed that he had a "daemon"? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 2

Plato referred to himself in the dialogues, but only in passing, as one of Socrates' many friends. Why do you think this is so? Do you think that Socrates considered Plato to be "special" amongst his students and friends? Why or why not? Do you think Plato's representation of himself in the dialogues is an accurate representation of his true relationship with Socrates, as he perceived it? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

Essay Topic 3

Euthyphro prosecutes his father for murder because he feels it is the right thing to do; Socrates states that loyalty to family should come before the law. Which point of view do you agree with? Why? If you were in Euthyphro's position, what would you have done? Why? Do you think that being in such a position might change Socrates' mind? Why or why not? Be sure to cite specific examples from the text to support your thesis.

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